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Typical January 1 Post

Last year my girlfriend (now fiancé) and I wrote down our resolutions or goals for 2014 on pieces of paper that we then put up on one of the walls of her apartment. I can only remember three of my goals and they were ones I felt confident I would meet. The rest served as reminders for all that I did not accomplish. What stunning wall art!

This year the question is … do I tap in to my most ambitious self for the goals of 2015? Or do I put things I feel confident I’ll meet. Why not both?


Confident I’ll Meet

  • Read at least 18 books
  • Find a way to reduce how much trash I generate
    • One example of something I did in this category before: I went from using two paper towels in public restrooms to just one, also if air dryers are available I tend to use those
    • I don’t know what I’ll be doing this year to address this … so, brain, get to work
  • Cook more (since I’ll be a married man starting at the end of January I will be putting the fancy new dishes and cookware to use)
  • Get back to reading other blogs more


Goals I’ll Have to Work For

  • Beat my 5k and 10k PRs (and stretch more and better!)
  • Finish the first draft of the book I started during the 2013 NaNoWriMo (good thing documents on a computer don’t gather dust …) OR some other book project I have started and not finished
  • Experiment with a new dish AT LEAST once every 3 weeks!
    • This might not sound hard, but do you know how EASY it is for me to make the same 6 or so dishes over and over?
  • Less soda (hopefully this will go hand in hand with cooking more since I usually only get soda if I eat out)


There you go public, and future self for my own reference, the goals/resolutions for 2015!

Little Known Cooking Terms

Create a 14 step scavenger hunt where the key to the 7th clue is cloves. This will create the desired “hint of cloves.” Note: Some say it doesn’t matter if you complete the whole scavenger hunt, but let me put it this way: Tyler Perry always completes the scavenger hunt.

Kill a lobster, preferably from Maine in the late May timeframe, chop off one of its claws and use that to get a “pinch of salt.”

Read the telecast of a President Barack Obama speech and white out parts that confuse you, or that you disagree with. Consider if what you are doing is foolish, weird, or racist, while crushing garlic. Sit down and enjoy your undertones of racist garlic adorning your hot dog, or whatever.

Go to a party and find the conversation where the sharpest dressed person is talking to someone your mother would frown upon. These are the two smartest people at the party and they are either having an intelligent conversation about government-funded scientific endeavors or the game Mouse Trap. Gradually change the conversation to Val Kilmer and reference the movie Top Gun. As smart as these two brainiacs are, they will know this is a subtle nod to oregano. Flee the party, your meal can now be served.

Turn the lights low in your kitchen, put on some heavily underrated Yani music and seductively whisper the word cinnamon to your food to obtain the too often neglected “whisper of cinnamon.”

Call your friend Doug who plays bass in a really bad band that somehow gets gigs. Ask him if he knows any “smooth musicians” (also acceptable: magicians). Doug will get back to you eventually and inevitably end up knowing someone who goes by the nickname ‘basil” (if it’s a white male, he plays the bass, if it’s a female or minority he or she plays the flute). Listen to some of “basil’s” music while … Oh wait the recipe calls for a note of basil? I’m pretty sure that’s made up.

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